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Common Read Program

For the 2017-2018 academic year, University Success 1001 and the First-Year Writing Program are thrilled to announce the Common Read Selection: Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. This program was developed as a way to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience, while also building community and offering opportunities to connect both on and off-campus.

Aunt Alice vs. Bob MarleyCallings: The Purpose & Passion of Work

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love.  Dave recorded more than 65,000 stories about searching for meaning in work over the past 12 years.  Everyone of of the stories in this inspiring collection reveals the deep love that motivates the storytellers as they discover and embrace their vocations.  Dave Isay highlights the most powerful stories and the wisest words from those interviews for this collection.

"Whether you've found your calling, are on the journey, or have lost your way, may the heroes of this book-whether astronaut, ballpark vendor, or ob-gyn - help remind you of the importance of finding meaning in your work.  May their words help give you the strength to listen to that still, small voice inside - that voice which can help you discover the work that you were born to do" (p.5).

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. During the semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead in campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book. Incoming students will receive a free copy of Callings, The Purpose and Passion of Work during the first week of school and should begin reading. The book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.